Incorporate in Arizona - Same Day Filing

Incorporate in Arizona - Same Day Filing

Incorporate in 3 Easy Steps
Filing Packages Start at $79 (plus state fees)
SunDoc Filings can help you form an Arizona corporation with the Secretary of State on an expedited basis. SunDoc Filings can act as your liaison to file your Arizona Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State. You can form your corporation online with the option of uploading your own completed Articles of Incorporation.
 

For already prepared documents, skip to step 3

 

Step 1: Check Name Availability

Choose three corporate names in order of preference and we check for availability.

 

Step 2: Prepare or Upload your Articles

Our online form will walk you through all required information.

 

Step 3: Specify Service Level and Service Options

Select the appropriate filing package or choose from the a la carte options.

 

Routine: 2 Months

Rush: 1 Month

 

Email confirmation within one hour during normal business hours.

 

 

Your filing is now on its way!

If we receive your Arizona Articles of Incorporation by 2:00 p.m. PST M-F, your Corporation will be submitted and could be active the same day.  This means your company will be given the submission date as your file date.  If you mail the document to the state, like many filings services do, you may have to wait SEVERAL MONTHS for proof of filing.

 

Your Post-Filing Responsibilities 

  • File a Statement of Information:  After the Articles of Incorporation are filed, the Secretary of State requires that you file a Statement of Information. 
  • Employer Identification Number If you would like, we can obtain your EIN for your new company.  Add it to your order and we will obtain the EIN within 24-48 hours.
  • Arizona Corporate Kit: Our Kits include a custom binder, seal embosser, bylaws and meeting minutes, 20 Stock certificates, and more. You can order you kit at the time of filing or if you prefer, you can place the order individually at our Corporate Kit order page.

Add these optional services to your order at the time of filing:

  • Certificate of Good Standing: You may need additional copies if you are going to qualify or register in other states. Most certificates are good for 90 days.
  • Additional Certified Copy of Articles: You may need this in the future for banks, loans, or professional licensing requirements.

 

The SunDoc Filings Advantage

 

  • We have filed thousands of documents since 1999
  • All filings received by 2 p.m. PST are submitted same day
  • Most filing companies mail in your filings

 

Arizona Corporate Formation Guidelines

 

CORPORATE NAME

The corporate name must contain one of the following:  association, bank, corporation, company, incorporated or limited or an abbreviation of one of these words. A corporate name found to be available may be reserved for 120 days upon application and payment of fees to the Arizona State Corporation Commission.

 

PERIOD OF DURATION

If the period of duration is less than perpetual, then it should be stated in the Articles of Incorporation.

 

PURPOSES CLAUSE

The purpose of the corporation may include a statement that the corporation is "To engage in any and all lawful business for which corporations may be incorporated under the provisions of the Arizona Business Corporation Act." and MUST state the initial purpose or purposes for which the corporation is organized.

 

AUTHORIZED SHARES AND MINIMUM PAID IN CAPITAL

There is no minimum or maximum number of authorized shares since state incorporation fees are not based on the share structure.  There is no minimum amount of paid in capital required to commence business.

 

PREEMPTIVE RIGHTS / CUMULATIVE VOTING

Preemptive rights are automatically denied in absence of a specific grant. Cumulative voting is granted by Statutes.

 

STATUTORY AGENT AND OFFICE

The corporation must maintain a statutory agent and office to receive service of process in Arizona.

 

DIRECTORS / INCORPORATOR

The minimum number of directors is one (1). Minimum number of incorporators is two (2) and there is no requirement that the incorporators be a resident of Arizona.

 

LIMITATION OF DIRECTORS' PERSONAL LIABILITY

The Articles of Incorporation may contain, within the limitations prescribed by the Arizona Business Corporation Act, provision eliminating or limiting the personal liability of a director to the corporation or its stockholders for monetary damages for the breach of fiduciary duty as a director.

 

ANNUAL REPORTS

Arizona requires corporations to file an annual report and Certificate of Disclosure in the anniversary month of the company’s incorporation on a date assigned by the state.

 

 

 


 

Arizona Corporate Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why choose SunDoc Filings?

SunDoc Filings can help you form an Arizona corporation with the Arizona Secretary of State on an expedited basis. To form a corporation in Arizona or form an Arizona subchapter S corporation, you must file the Arizona Articles of Incorporation with the Arizona Secretary of State. SunDoc Filings has been forming Arizona corporations since 1999 and knows the state’s requirements to handle your formation professionally and without delay. Let us make the Arizona incorporation process quick and painless for you by preparing and filing the Arizona Articles of Incorporation with the Arizona Secretary of State on your behalf.


How do I form an Arizona Corporation?
First, we check corporate name availability with the Arizona Secretary of State. Second, we prepare the Arizona Articles of Incorporation. Third, before we form the Arizona corporation, we verify that the Articles of Incorporation are free of errors. Fourth, we file the Articles of Incorporation with the Arizona Secretary of State. Fifth, when the Arizona Secretary of State files the Arizona Articles of Incorporation, we will return the filed document to you.

 

What are the advantages of forming an Arizona Corporation?
To begin with, there is the protection of the "corporate veil" that provides limited liability to the owners (shareholders). The shareholders are not personally liable for debts and obligations of the corporation. They can personally lose only to the extent of their investments in the Arizona corporation form purchasing stock. Since the Arizona corporation is an independent legal entity, the Arizona corporation has continuous existence. It does not cease to exist simply because one of the shareholders dies or retires. Corporations often have an easier time setting up insurance, retirement funds, profit-sharing, pension, and stock option plans than other business entities.

When you form an Arizona corporation, the owners (shareholders) are not personally liable for the debts and obligations of the Arizona corporation. Ownership in an Arizona corporation is more easily transferable than other business entities. Under most circumstances, shares of stock can be sold without restriction to a third party without having to obtain consent from the Arizona corporation itself.
 

How do I obtain an EIN or Employer Identification number or Tax Payer ID number for my Arizona Corporation?
After we form an Arizona corporation on your behalf, we offer supporting services. We can obtain an employer identification number (an EIN) for your Arizona corporation. An EIN is required to open a bank account, hire employees, and to start business credit for your Arizona corporation. If you purchase our Arizona premium package, EIN obtainment is included for your Arizona corporation.

How do I form an Arizona S Corporation?
It is important to understand that your Arizona S corporation starts as a general stock corporation (C corporation). To obtain or to form an Arizona S corporation, you must file for subchapter S status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Forming an Arizona S corporation simply means the corporation is taxed like a partnership or LLC with a pass through tax structure. Make sure to check with your accountant or the IRS for limitations or read about Arizona C corporations below. By obtaining S corporation status in Arizona, it eliminates double taxation and the corporation generally does not file a tax return. On their tax return, the Arizona S corporation's shareholders include their share of the Arizona Corporation's separately stated items of income, deduction, loss, and credit, and their share of non-separately stated income or loss.

What are the advantages of a C Corporation in Arizona?
Generally most people form Arizona C corporations that plan on publicly trading the corporation's stock. Since Arizona S corporations cannot have more than 75 shareholders, choosing to maintain an Arizona C corporation allows for 76 shareholders or more. An Arizona C corporation can have multiple classes of stock such as preferred and common shares. An Arizona C corporation will be double taxed since both the corporate entity and the individual owners have to file tax returns. However, an Arizona S corporation can only be owned by individuals that are U.S. citizens or registered aliens, issue only one type of stock, and are limited to no more than 75 shareholders.

How do I obtain or prepare corporate bylaws for my Arizona Corporation?
If you purchase our premium package, Sun will prepare the initial bylaws (standard language) for your Arizona corporation and include meeting minutes (MS Word format) that you can prepare as needed.

What are the corporate bylaws and why are they so important for my Arizona corporation?
The corporate bylaws serve as a blueprint for your Arizona corporation The bylaws contain the rights, privileges, and powers of the officers, directors, and shareholders. Most Arizona bylaws contain the number of directors and their names. Arizona bylaws also contain the names of the officers for the titles: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Another important part of Arizona corporation bylaws is to create "rules" on how the Arizona corporation can open a bank account, take out loans, write checks, enter into contracts, obtain business credit, and issue stock certificates to its shareholders. Most Arizona bylaws will reference a list of shareholders in alphabetical order that includes Arizona shareholder's names, addresses, titles held with the Arizona corporation, and the amount of shares the shareholder owns in the Arizona corporation.

What is an Arizona corporate seal?
After the Arizona corporation prepares its bylaws or has Sun prepare the bylaws, the Arizona corporation will need a corporate seal. A corporate seal is a handheld device that imprints paper with the corporation's name, state of formation, and date the Arizona corporation was formed. Many banks and other lending institutes require Arizona corporations to possess and use a corporation seal on business documents or loan papers. All Arizona corporation kits that Sun sells contain a handheld corporate seal embosser.

What is an Arizona corporate kit?
The Arizona corporate kit is typically a hardbound binder that contains all of the Arizona corporation's important documents such as the Arizona Articles of Incorporation and bylaws. All the Arizona corporation kits that Sun sells include having the Arizona corporation's name hot stamped (professional imprint of the Arizona corporation's name) on the spine. Most Arizona corporation kits come with a slipcase to keep the binder safe. Some corporate kits are made with a slipcase built in. The choice is yours.

Another important part of an Arizona corporate kit is stock certificates. All of the Arizona corporate kits that Sun sells contain 20 custom stock certificates that include the Arizona corporation's name, the amount of shares, the par value the corporation is authorized to issue, and the title of President and Secretary below the signature lines. If you have already formed your Arizona corporation, you can order an Arizona corporate kit by placing the order individually at our Corporate/LLC Kit order page. 


Now that you have formed your Arizona corporation, obtained your EIN from the IRS, decided upon whether to elect S corporation status or remain a C corporation, prepared the Arizona bylaws, issued shares of stock, and used your seal embosser, it is time to verify which local city and/or county tax licenses your business will need. The best place to start is your city hall or county recorder's office. Take the time to verify your areas business licensing requirements. For those of you who plan to run your Arizona corporation out of your home, check with your city or county to find out if a work at home permit is required. Once your licensing requirements are met, it is time to start operating your Arizona corporation